Workplace injuries happen every day, and some of the worst and most common comes from slips, trips and falls. Creating a safe work space is a big responsibility that you bear, but too many companies don’t do anything to prevent slip and falls until someone gets injured. Instead of being reactive, you need to be proactive.
Why You Should Be Proactive
Getting involved in litigation from a workplace injury is stressful, costly and can damage your business. In addition, a customer or employee’s life has been altered and they are dealing with pain, rehabilitation and a lower quality of life. All these negatives can be avoided when you are proactive about preventing slips, trips and falls at the workplace.
Being proactive and ensuring that walkways and flooring are appropriate, in good condition and are safe is also part of an overall safety plan that you and your employees should implement right away to avoid other types of workplace accidents.
How You Can Be Proactive
The best way to be proactive in preventing slip and falls is to get a certified walkway auditor on site to conduct an inspection. Flooring that looks just fine to the average person may have some secrets about safety that only a qualified walkway auditor can uncover.
Schedule a walkway auditor right away to come and inspect your facility’s flooring. The auditor will spend time on site with some equipment to determine a number of things, such as the traction level of flooring. The walkway auditor will also identify potential hazards that may not be obvious.
After the inspection, you’ll get a detailed report from the walkway auditor that is unbiased and accurate. If there are any alerts to hazards, you now have a starting point on getting them resolved. You will also have a written record as to the condition of the flooring and that, coupled with your business safety plan, will be important documents for court in the event of litigation.